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Old 12 Apr 2021, 22:29 (Ref:4045762)   #121
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tux should be qualifying in the top 3 on the gridtux should be qualifying in the top 3 on the gridtux should be qualifying in the top 3 on the grid
Not until 2023 at the earliest by which time they’ll probably choose GT2 over GT3 😂😂
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Old 15 Apr 2021, 17:19 (Ref:4046122)   #122
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Might be down to 42 cars for Sunday. Kujala crashed the Rinaldi Ferrari in testing this afternoon and the Duncan Cameron/Matt Griffin car is withdrawn as they are racing at Barcelona in ELMS
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Old 17 Apr 2021, 15:38 (Ref:4046418)   #123
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3 cars already required new chassis before the first practice session. Expensive.

Nobody care about this series anymore? Nobody seems to comment on any threads these days.
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Old 17 Apr 2021, 17:19 (Ref:4046424)   #124
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3 cars already required new chassis before the first practice session. Expensive.

Nobody care about this series anymore? Nobody seems to comment on any threads these days.
I certainly love GT WC Europe. I'm in the middle of watching the pre qual on youtube right now. They have so much coverage. I need time to get through it all. I doubt I'll be done with watching the race until Monday. So commenting live won't be possible. Not even gotten to watch the NLS race yet. No intrest in ELMS will skip that. I'll try to stay off the sportscar web sites to avoid spoilers right now. Will give post race thoughts for sure. Nothing to really analyze though until race day.

Love watching these practice/qual sessions. Its car porn essentially. Just wish there was an option to have no commentary. Love John Watson, but can't listen to him over and over again via replaying it. Have to mute that and play onboard racing sounds in the background.

And that is just the racing part for me, there is yard work, enojying a nice outdoor day, watching the funeral of His Royal Highness, baseball and hockey too.

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Old 17 Apr 2021, 18:30 (Ref:4046434)   #125
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That's (to a slightly lesser degree) the fact for most series on here, especially when it comes to race threads which used to be much busier ten years or so ago. I think it comes down to a) the forum as a whole being less popular than it used to be (at least it seems to me like that, the admins/mods can correct me if I'm wrong) and b) changing viewing habits. Again, just based on anecdote, but I don't feel like typing on a forum thread while watching a race these days.

That being said, I also think SRO-GT3 racing, especially outside the big enduros, has become a bit stale. It's always the same cars, they are all competitive and usually races are pretty close. Which is nice, but also a bit boring because there are no bigger stories anymore.

Since all the cars are built by manufacturers and are BoP'ed to be competitive, nobody has to develop their cars as they race anymore, so we don't get the excitement of teams transforming seemingly hopeless cars into race winners over the course of several seasons or of underdogs overcoming the big dominators on their own merit these days.

Say what you want about Vitaphone, but I just loved to root against them in the late GT1-years. Similarily, Porsche's years in the wilderness when Ferrari came out with the 430 GT2 were not much fun for us Porsche-fans, but it was great to see when Porsche finally became competitive again after a couple of rough seasons with the 997 RSR.

With GT3 these story lines and the associated character building really don't exist anymore and it's just season after season of pretty cars going in circles.
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Old 18 Apr 2021, 14:22 (Ref:4046518)   #126
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There were numerous punctures in the super trofeo race 1 resulting in the championship adding a mandatory tyre change to the pit stop in race 2. Now in the GTWC race multiple tyre failures again, admittedly wet tyres on a drying track. Is it time for the championship to introduce something like an intermediate?

The track is drying but not ready for slicks, too dry for wets though.


Back to green...

Very few things actually scare me about motorsport but this is it, cars cruising around with punctures, others going full speed while battling with other cars, track too dry for wets, terrifying scenes of cars cruising down the straights off the line and others still racing.

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Old 19 Apr 2021, 01:48 (Ref:4046643)   #127
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-Biggest loser of the day was Pirelli tire company. Their brand looks horrible after all of those punctures.

-Driving standards was quite good with the weather conditions testing them for sure. I think the field being 42 cars helped. Would have had more problems if it was 55-60 cars. Hope the grid sizes remain as it is although we could trade a couple Audis or Mercedes for a Lesus or an Acura though.

-FCY/Safety car system STILL sucks

-On track action was quite good. Great looking cars and they do race well together. We had Porsche, Ferrari, Lamborghini, and Mercedes battling it out a the end. Audi fleet had a rough day.

-GTWorld coverage was great and all of the practicice, qual, and race is quite rewatchable.

-Dinamic team is great. And Cairoli/Bachler/Engelhart is a VERY VERY underrated drving squad. I don't think I see them make any mistakes. Would love to see this trio in GTE Pro or GTLM. Won't get to but they would compete for victory for sure.
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Old 19 Apr 2021, 09:04 (Ref:4046670)   #128
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There were numerous punctures in the super trofeo race 1 resulting in the championship adding a mandatory tyre change to the pit stop in race 2. Now in the GTWC race multiple tyre failures again, admittedly wet tyres on a drying track. Is it time for the championship to introduce something like an intermediate?.
teams already do have an intermediate - scrubbed wets. if those are overheating then it’s the driver who needs to drive according to conditions.

you have to er, bat with the stick you’ve got. so if it’s too wet for slicks then you’ll have to stay offline and keep them cool. if teams are sending drivers out with the wrong pressures for the track and tyre conditions then it won’t help either. it’s not a matter of pirelli needing to set more specific pressure ranges or bring more tyres - an inter would last for a very short period of time - it’s drivers and teams managing the situation better.

would be interested to know exactly where on the tyre the punctures were occuring in super trofeo. might be like the mclaren issue the other season.
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Old 19 Apr 2021, 15:56 (Ref:4046733)   #129
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There were so many to start with that I wondered if a kerb somewhere had cut up/lifted! Clearly not as they eased off when people went to slicks. The performance of the Porsche on both tyres just goes to show how much difference set up and mechanics can make in that situation - plus probably driver technique. Superb drive from all three Dinamic drivers, and an interesting and enjoyable race, even if maybe not an absolute classic. The last half hour was gripping, but by the last 10 minutes it was obvious that barring a big mistake from someone (or Fuoco having no breaks at all and going straight through the back of Feller) they were probably going to finish line astern. Good racing though, pushing hard, and fair.
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Old 20 Apr 2021, 12:18 (Ref:4046865)   #130
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Last time it rained at Monza, it was pretty good too. I agree that a smaller field seems to help. 50 cars is nice to watch, but maybe a bit too much to handle?
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Old 20 Apr 2021, 13:08 (Ref:4046877)   #131
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Last time it rained at Monza, it was pretty good too. I agree that a smaller field seems to help. 50 cars is nice to watch, but maybe a bit too much to handle?
I think if we are really honest, the difference between 40 and 50 cars is 10 more cars to increase the risk of congestion, crashes, safety cars.

Visually, you wouldnt really tell on TV the difference between 40 and 50 cars, except at the green flag, and after that 40 cars is plenty enough to provide a full circuit, and action a plenty.
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Old 20 Apr 2021, 19:52 (Ref:4046952)   #132
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I think if we are really honest, the difference between 40 and 50 cars is 10 more cars to increase the risk of congestion, crashes, safety cars.

Visually, you wouldnt really tell on TV the difference between 40 and 50 cars, except at the green flag, and after that 40 cars is plenty enough to provide a full circuit, and action a plenty.
Indeed, the TV coverage of the Monza race showed no lack of quantity of automobiles on the track. No grid for any of the 3/6 hour races should be bigger than 42. Spa 24 should be no bigger than 48.
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Old 23 Apr 2021, 12:00 (Ref:4047504)   #133
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Indeed, the TV coverage of the Monza race showed no lack of quantity of automobiles on the track. No grid for any of the 3/6 hour races should be bigger than 42. Spa 24 should be no bigger than 48.
I'm not sure. There is rarely any carnage in this series. The field is closely matched overall, it's not like there are the same hazards as we get in big entry events that have vast performance differences.
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I'm not sure. There is rarely any carnage in this series. The field is closely matched overall, it's not like there are the same hazards as we get in big entry events that have vast performance differences.
hmmm. The Spa 24 has regularly been carnage. The years of 60 car grids were horrendous races.
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hmmm. The Spa 24 has regularly been carnage. The years of 60 car grids were horrendous races.
Not all the time! And what about the rest of the calendar?
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